Awarded: May 1936 (BR2)

Blazon: Three concentric Circles Azure Argent Gules overall a Wake Knot Or

Link: The Wake Knot is from the arms of Sir Hereward  the Wake who defended the Isle of Ely from the Norman invaders and the motto is reputed to mean ‘The Guardian of the Army’.

Motto: Hereward.

History: Formed 13 May 1912 Farnborough.

Commissioned by Mr N I Laskey and dedicated to all members of the Squadron past and present and to all who served at RAF Station Sawbridgeworth.

Battle Honours: 1.Western Front 1914-18. 2.Neuve Chappelle. 3.Ypres 1915. 4.Somme 1916. 5.France & Low Countries 1939-40.  6.Dunkirk. 7.Normandy 1944. 8.Arnhem. 9.(On Standard) Gulf 1991. 10.Mons. 11.Loos 12.Arras. 13.Somme 1918. 14.Lys. 15.Fortress Europe 1942-44. 16.France & Germany 1944-45. 17.Walcheren. 18. Rhine. NB. Was awarded 19th Honour ‘Iraq 2003’ after completion of the artwork.

Further Reading …

Second to None, II Squadron

Hans Onderwater

Airlife, 1992

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